Lecture to explore intersections of biomedicine and emotions


April 1, 2013

The New York Times in College, ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences and the Undergraduate Student Government will host The New York Times Café at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at The Student Center @ The Post Office, 522 N. Central Ave., San Carlos multipurpose room, Phoenix. Coffee and assorted pastries will be served and is free to all ASU Sun Card holders.

“This partnership arose out of the need to bring vital current issues influencing our world and shaping our future to our students and community,” said Mirna Lattouf, series organizer. “In the process, we hope to connect business, education, media and people to strengthen dialogue and awareness.” Download Full Image

The Downtown Phoenix lecture, “The Emotional Life of DNA: Biomedicine in the 21st Century,” will explore the intersection of biomedicine and emotions in popular science journalism as exemplified by Amy Harmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series, “The DNA Age.” Patrick Grzanka, Barrett, The Honors College Faculty Fellow, will lead the discussion with an introduction by his former instructor and current dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Christopher Callahan.

“We tend to think of bioscience and genetics research as what goes on in hospitals, laboratories and university research. Biomedical phenomena, such as pharmaceuticals and DNA testing, come to function as an almost invisible force, when in fact this science plays a compelling role in our everyday lives,” Grzanka said. “I specifically selected Harmon’s series because I think it helps to illuminate for students that what we’re really talking about is culture, as well as science.”

Grzanka is an Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College and affiliate faculty of the Center for Biology & Society at ASU. He earned a doctorate in American studies from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at Maryland, from which he graduated first in his class and was named the nation's top journalism graduate by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The New York Times Café was first hosted by Fort Hays University in 2004 to foster a more engaged citizenry, stimulate class discussion and debate and initiate a habit of lifelong learning.

For more information, contact Mirna Lattouf at 602-496-0638 or Mirna.Lattouf@asu.edu.

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Summit to discuss effective childhood trauma prevention, services


April 1, 2013

Eight, Arizona PBS will host “Creating Safe Environments – Advocacy, Prevention, and Support for Children in Arizona, A Summit for Leaders” at 8 a.m., April 9, at Eight, Arizona PBS, Studio A (555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, 85004). The work session includes keynote presentations and breakout sessions by recognized experts in children’s welfare, psychology, education, public health media campaigns, and health.

Following presentation of the latest research findings, including the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and adult well-being, disease and premature death, the focus will turn to the solutions presented by evidence-based public health strategies and an effort to mobilize new public-private partnerships and identify new sources of funding to benefit all Arizona families. Download Full Image

“We hope that by learning about these cost-effective approaches, new partnerships can be forged between the public and private sectors and the academic community to benefit all families in Arizona,” said ACE Consortium spokesperson Marcia Stanton, specialist in Injury Prevention and Strong Families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Building partnerships and investing in children by strengthening families is not only the right thing to do, it's also the best way we can ensure healthy, productive communities for all of us.”

Keynote speakers include Vincent Felitti, leading researcher on the ACE study; Ron Prinz, professor and director of the Parenting and Family Research Center, University of South Carolina; Dennis Embry, president and senior scientist of the PAXIS Institute in Tucson; and other professionals in the field. Breakout sessions include ASU’s Crystal Gustavson, author R. Bradley Snyder, and Cricket Mitchell from the California Institute for Mental Health.

“Arizona PBS is proud to partner with local healthcare organizations, serving both as a convener and content producer/distributor, which complements well the community service assets of our partners in this project,” says Kelly McCullough, Eight, Arizona PBS general manager.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will welcome leaders and community stakeholders from across the state to this forum organized to address the needs of some of Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.

Lunch will be provided by Prevent Child Abuse Arizona. Continental breakfast and parking also included in registration. Funding for this event is provided by a grant from The Steele Foundation. Additional funding provided by Eight, Arizona PBS, Child Crisis Center, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Registration is now available at: azpbs.org/strongkids

Eight, Arizona PBS was founded in 1961. Its signal reaches 86 percent of homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org. Eight is a member-supported service and the public media enterprise of Arizona State University.